Nine children from the Juneau and Douglas area will represent Alaska in the indoor soccer competition in the upcoming Arctic Winter Games, March 5-11 in the Kenai Peninsula.
Two local boys - Joseph Slagel and Andrew Sigler - were selected Saturday for the juvenile boys' team. Annika Ord and Mahlet Tingley, both of Juneau, earned spots on the juvenile girls' soccer team.
The junior girls' team will feature a pair of Juneau players - Carly Lehnhart and Rachel Tarver.
Juneau-Douglas High School boys' soccer coach Gary Lehnart will lead a junior boys' team that features a trio of homegrown talent. Sam Post and Dominic Smith, both of Juneau, will join Douglas' Colin Flynn on the team.
The juvenile team features players born in 1990 or later, while the junior team features players born in 1987 or later.
The Arctic Winter Games are held every two years and feature athletes from near or above the Arctic Circle.
In addition to Alaska, teams from the Yukon and Northwest Territories in western Canada, Nunavik in northern Quebec, northern Alberta, Nunavut, Greenland, Yamal and Samiland of Scandinavia will participate in the week-long games.
Competitions include alpine skiing, badminton, basketball, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, dog mushing, figure skating, gymnastics, ice hockey, short-track speedskating, snowboarding, snowshoe biathlon, table tennis, snowshoeing, volleyball and wrestling.
There will also be competitions in Dene games and Inuit games.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org